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Dont miss the gala of the season

Tickets are on sale now for Lakewood Center celebration


by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Toni Tringolo, membership and development director of Lakewood Center for the Arts, shows off ornaments on one of the five trees to be auctioned at Lakewood in Lights, the annual holiday gala of the Lakewood Theatre Company, to be held Dec. 3. Tickets are on sale now.Lakewood Theatre Company will hold its annual holiday gala, Lakewood in Lights, on Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The event features music, dancing, raffles and oral and silent auctions, all of which benefit Lakewood’s Rising Star Program, supporting performance and education opportunities for artists. A highlight of the oral auction is the bidding for holiday trees decorated by different groups and supporters of the Lakewood Center. Up for auction this year are a Swashbuckler’s Holiday tree, designed by Sammuel Hawkins and sponsored by Tom and Marcy Lasley; a Northwest Bliss tree, designed by Terri Strandberg and sponsored by Harnish Properties; a Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood tree, designed by Margaret Chapman and Jane Reed and sponsored by Don and Sharon Plumb; a Reading is a Gift tree, designed and sponsored by the Lakewood Center Associates; and a Sugar-n-Spice and Everything Nice tree, designed by Patricia Rohrbach and Julie Dole and sponsored by Buckley Law PC.

Toni Tringolo, membership and development director for Lakewood Center for the Arts, explained that the winning bidder usually arranges for the trees to be displayed at a local senior community or women’s shelter to help spread holiday cheer.

“The trees are always lovely and the designers take a great deal of care in preparing them,” she said. “In fact, Don and Sharon Plumb begin designing their tree for the next year immediately following Lakewood in Lights.”

Tickets to the event are $50 per person, $35 of which is tax deductible. The ticket price includes hearty hors d’oeuvres. Emcees for the evening are Tracy Barry and Larry Blackmore, and performances will be presented by Leif Norby, Margie Boule and Dave Sweeney, David Knell and Julie Michaels, Pam Mahon, Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner and students from the Lake Oswego Dance School.

Silent auction bidding and festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.